Revolutionary War Timeline

Revolutionary War Timeline

1773 Boston citizens protest the Tea Act by dumping tons of tea into Boston Harbor 1774 British Parliament passes the "Intolerable Acts" First Continental Congress meets in Philadelphia The Royal American magazine, the first periodical to regularly use engraved illustrations, begins publication with contributions from Paul Revere 1775 Patrick...


1773

  • Boston citizens protest the Tea Act by dumping tons of tea into Boston Harbor

1774

  • British Parliament passes the “Intolerable Acts”
  • First Continental Congress meets in Philadelphia
  • The Royal American magazine, the first periodical to regularly use engraved illustrations, begins publication with contributions from Paul Revere

1775

  • Patrick Henry proclaims, “Give me liberty or give me death”
  • “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World” is fired as Colonists engage the British in the Battles of Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts
  • George Washington named commander of the Continental army
  • Congress establishes a postal service, naming Benjamin Franklin postmaster general
  • British triumph at the Battle of Bunker Hill

1776

  • Rhode Island declares independence from Great Britain on May 4
  • Congress approves the Declaration of Independence

1777

  • The Stars and Stripes becomes the official flag June 14
  • Washington sets up a winter encampment at Valley Forge, Pa.

1778

  • France acknowledges American independence

1779

  • John Paul Jones vows, “I have not yet begun to fight,” and defeats the British frigate Serapis

1780

  • Gen. Benedict Arnold flees the Colonies after being discovered as a traitor

1781

  • At Yorktown, Gen. Charles Cornwallis surrenders to Washington
  • Articles of Confederation ratified

1782

  • The Purple Heart, known as the Badge of Military Merit, is America’s first military medal
  • Virginia legislation makes it legal for any man “to emancipate and set free his slaves”

1783

  • Treaty of Paris with Great Britain recognizes American independence
  • First daily newspaper in America, The Pennsylvania Evening Post, begins publication
  • Noah Webster publishes the American Spelling Book
  • US population is 2.4 million

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